Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence: COCM’s Early Days and Path to Success with Patrick Savolskis


“The great thing about Capstone is it gives you the ability to get some skills that you wouldn’t have, otherwise, for years. Especially because in housing, it’s not like you’re back in the office somewhere, just pushing paper; you’re right there on the frontline with students,” – Patrick Savolskis

Join us as we celebrate COCM’s 20th anniversary with the theme “Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, and Building the Future.” On this episode of Student Housing Matters, Alton Irwin, Director, and Chief Marketing Officer at COCM, sits down with Patrick Savolskis, one of the very early employees of COCM.

Patrick Savolskis is the Executive Director Purchase College Association at SUNY-Purchase. He has over twenty years of success both in higher education and private industry. Patrick spent five years in the privatized student housing market managing properties and working with development teams for new construction and turning around failing properties by building a solid staff and focusing on what was important at each property.

During the conversation, Patrick shares interesting stories and reminisces about the early days of COCM, where meetings took place in hotel rooms, highlighting the company’s humble beginnings and expresses admiration for COCM’s growth.

Listen in as Patrick reflects on what he learned from his time at COCM, the valuable skills he gained, and how they’ve served him in his work life post COCM. Plus, he shares his advice with new employees of COCM.

Topics Covered  

How Patrick came to COCM and the roles he served in during his tenure

COCM—the early days: small teams and humble beginnings

Patrick’s career post COCM

The value of working at COCM, learning atypical skills, and working for a family-like organization

Why leadership that helps you succeed is better

Patrick’s advice for new employees of COCM

Connect with Patrick

Patrick Savolskis – Purchase College Association

Patrick on LinkedIn 

Connect with Alton

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Capstone On-Campus Management

Alton at COCM

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